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novel tormented without a trace nominated for prestigious
is author's first nominations include before columbus foundation
book award, independent book (ip) award, and pen/faulkner
ga/december 2, 2002romance thriller tormented
without a trace (1st books, isbn 0-7596-7327-6) is nominated
for several prestigious literary awards. this is a significant
honor for author valerie clark's first novel. nominations
include the celebrated pen/faulkner award for fiction, before
columbus foundation book award for genre fiction, independent
book (ip) award for fiction, and the writer's digest award
for mainstream fiction. award winners for each will be announced
in 2003. "i am honored to have my novel recognized and nominated
for these awards," said valerie clark.
without a trace is the story of the natalie baylor,
a woman on the fast track to success working on wall street.
she has it all - power, charm, beauty, education - and is
engaged to one of new york city's most powerful attorneys.
she has the perfect life, or so it seems. natalie is haunted
by the memory of a brutal rape that has sheared her life
of the love and relationships that she needs and craves.
this, coupled with an emotionally abusive father and passive
mother, imbeds a template in natalie's life for a cycle
of emotional and physical abuse.
a business trip to france, natalie meets and falls in love
with, jeremy, an entrepreneur. suddenly, he vanishes-without
a trace. returning to new york, alone, natalie is reluctant
to return her old life. she is plunged into a nightmare
realm where reality and fantasy become intertwined and a
game of stalking and emotional abuse become deadly serious.
natalie is forced to confront the dark mystery of her past.
as the reader goes on the journey with natalie, they don't
know if she will continue to choose to be a victim or take
control of her life until the last page of this gripping,
fast-paced novel is read.
is penning a sequel that will continue the struggle and
self-empowerment of natalie and will also be starring in
the upcoming feature film.
more information on valerie clark or tormented without
a trace, visit www.valerieclark.net.
novel is available for purchase at www.amazon.com,